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What the Crap!?! This is an Outrage!
#1
Shocked 
Wasn't at one time, debt dropped after 7 years!?!?!  But this is from the past 25 yrs!  Sent to 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE!!!  Numerous comments on facebook from people who have received the letters, say that even if you have proof that you had insurance, and the charge false.  The DMV says all they can do is drop the charge from $545 to $125!!  And some people have multiple false charges from the 25 yr time span!!

Louisiana OMV sends out letters to collect fines for insurance lapses over last 25 years
http://www.wafb.com/story/30319800/louis...pe=generic

The Department of Public Safety sent out 1.2 million letters informing people that sometime along the way their car insurance had lapsed in Louisiana and they now owe a fine. The fine can range anywhere from $125 to $525, and if not paid in 60 days, the letter says a person’s tax refund "will be seized." 
Local business owner Jeremy Seaton received one of the letters and had to provide documentation to prove that his insurance never lapsed. 
"I spent four hours of my day trying to fix it," he said. "That men can sit down and make a law like that and not think it through, to tell somebody that they are at fault for something that they obviously were not at fault for it, just speaks of the deeper problems within us." 
Seaton was able to prove that his insurance never lapsed. 
Some of the letters reference possible insurance lapses more than 20 years old. In some of those cases, documents may no longer exist. 

People outraged over letters from Louisiana OMV
http://m.ksla.com/ksla/db_350573/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=baoxdrNQ

People across the country are outraged after getting letters from the State of Louisiana saying they owe money for a lapse in insurance. But the problem is, some of these alleged offenses happened up to 20 years ago.

"I think this is kinda, this is not right," said Brandon Friedman, who got one of the letters.

1.2 million people have received letters from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections within the past week. And now, people are upset they are facing these fines for something they say they never did.

"They're telling me that they're fining me $525 and if I don't pay it, they're going to go to a collection agency and try to ruin my credit," said Friedman.

Brandon Friedman said in a phone interview that he is from Louisiana, but now lives in Virginia. He posted a letter he got onto his Twitter page from Louisiana's Office of  Motor Vehicles all because there was a period in time in 2004, where his car was not insured, according to the letter.

"In 2004, I re-registered my car in Texas, it was insured in Texas and everything, and then apparently, according to this letter I just got, this says that Louisiana mailed me a letter in August of 2004, a couple months after I moved away, saying I didn't do whatever I was supposed to do with canceling the insurance or whatever. So this is 11 years ago," said Friedman.

He is not the only one. According to Colonel Mike Edmonson with the Louisiana State Police, 1.2 million letters went out, and 25,000 of those came back undeliverable. 

"This was all generated and started with the Department of Revenue and the Treasury who were going around to all the different state agencies, 'what debt do you have?' Well, this is debt that is owed to the Department of Public Safety through the Office of Motor Vehicles. These are people that have not paid their insurance or let it lapse," said Edmonson.

That is the problem. A lot of these debts, like Friedman's, are from years ago. We showed a copy of the letter to Joel Pearce, an attorney. When he saw the letter, he said, "Wow. That's kind of outrageous isn't it?"

The letter says if you do not pay the amount you owe within 60 days, you will face a steep increase plus a collection fee of 25 percent. 

"The consumer is between a rock and a hard place, they may be asking for a couple hundred bucks, and they know that you're not going to go out and spend money on a lawyer in order to get out of paying a couple hundred bucks. You're just going to pay it," said Pearce.

Some facebook comments:

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I got scammed as well.  Took me four times going to the DMV to sort it out, wasting my time.  Finally showed them undeniable proof that there was no gap when I switched insurance and they still didn't drop the flag without a fine of $125.  They said all they could do with the proof I had was to reduce it from $545.  This is ridiculous.  We are being scammed by our own state!!!

NF-I had to pay two $125 fines, I spent months fighting to get it from $1000 plus to $250.  I always had insurance on at least two vehicles during the time I was fined, one fine was from when I sold a car when I had 5 street legal vehicles insured!  They are back dating fines at much higher rates than the original law allowed and suspending DL's and other "Privileges" such as your fishing or hunting license.  I would venture to say the criminals are still driving around without insurance and law abiding citizens are getting screwed by the government.  Criminals don't care if their license is suspended.

RNR-I got 6 of them... Went to the dmv with PROOF that I had insurance and the woman told me that all she was allowed to do was knock it down from 568 to 128... I'm not paying that one for sure. I also supposedly have 2 others that would give me a grand total of 1,977.
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#2
Raising money for the state, they're broke as a joke I'm sure
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#3
That's nothing. Try getting a parking ticket in Baltimore. They put the tickets on windshields so they will blow off. Then they don't notify you of the fine until the try and collect the $35.00 fine plus late fee that can run as high as $3,000 or more.

I was back in PA for about two years when I received a letter from a law firm demanding over $3,000 for an unpaid ticket I never knew about. I will gladly pay them the day people in hell get snow cone makers.
It will soon be time to play cowboys and muslims.

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#4
Good gawd, $125-$525 is robbery. I have accidentally had many lapses and in my state the fine is $50 but if you call them and give them a sob story they'll usually drop the fine altogether.
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(10-22-2015, 02:58 AM)Pope Barbie Trollalotta Wrote: That's nothing. Try getting a parking ticket in Baltimore. They put the tickets on windshields so they will blow off. Then they don't notify you of the fine until the try and collect the $35.00 fine plus late fee that can run as high as $3,000 or more.

I was back in PA for about two years when I received a letter from a law firm demanding over $3,000 for an unpaid ticket I never knew about. I will gladly pay them the day people in hell get snow cone makers.

Wow!!  And I take it that there is no oversight on these practices?  

The this game that gets me about both cases is their lack of attempts to even notify people about the fine or tickets, before the fees became outrageous
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(10-22-2015, 12:02 PM)Elizabeth Wrote:
(10-22-2015, 02:58 AM)Pope Barbie Trollalotta Wrote: That's nothing. Try getting a parking ticket in Baltimore. They put the tickets on windshields so they will blow off. Then they don't notify you of the fine until the try and collect the $35.00 fine plus late fee that can run as high as $3,000 or more.

I was back in PA for about two years when I received a letter from a law firm demanding over $3,000 for an unpaid ticket I never knew about. I will gladly pay them the day people in hell get snow cone makers.

Wow!!  And I take it that there is no oversight on these practices?  

The this game that gets me about both cases is their lack of attempts to even notify people about the fine or tickets, before the fees became outrageous

Oversight in Baltimore? The give them room to destroy city? You can burn down a pharmacy and loot all you want there if black but just don't get a ticket or they will add late fees and boot your car. If they had sent me a letter demanding the original fine and a reasonable late fee I would have paid it at once to be rid of them. Reasonable being double the original fine. Not thousands of dollars.

At this point the statute of limitations is in play so there is nothing they can really do.
It will soon be time to play cowboys and muslims.

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(10-22-2015, 01:25 AM)new() Wrote: Raising money for the state, they're broke as a joke I'm sure

That's what it sounds like,revenue collecting.Holy shit this is ridiculous. Elizabeth, you haven't gotten such a letter have you?
~No one walks away from this battle~ Stevie Nicks
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#8
I wouldn't pay it.
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